we use in our home or cars, like paint, pesticide, fertilizers,
cleaners and motor oil can wind up in the street and
contribute to stormwater pollution. Fortunately, it
doesn't take much to prevent pollution.
more information on stormwater pollution prevention
Ocean Begins at Your Front Door
Paints, solvents, adhesives, debris and toxic
materials from home repair and remodeling are often
swept, blown or washed into the storm drain system and
go untreated into channels, creeks, bays and oceans.
By following a few simple steps, you can prevent pollution.
water-based paints whenever possible. Look for products
labeled "latex" or "cleans with water."
cleaning brushes or rinsing containers in the street
or gutter. For water-based paint, rinse them in the
sink. For oil-based paint, clean them with thinner,
which can be filtered and reused.
Never dump paint or paint-related products in the
trash, gutter or a storm drain. Take them to a household
hazardous waste collection site to be recycled.
stripping residue, chips and dust from marine paints
and paints containing lead or tributyl tin are hazardous
wastes. Sweep them up and take them in a sealed container
to a household hazardous waste collection site
grading and excavation projects during dry weather.
source reduction. Order only the amount of material
needed to complete the project.
recycled and recyclable materials whenever possible.
all construction debris away from the street, gutter
and storm drains.
erosion and sediment runoff by covering excavated
material and piles of asphalt, sand and similar materials
with plastic tarp.
dispose of cement washout or concrete dust into driveways,
streets, gutters or storm drains.
broken asphalt, concrete, wood and cleared vegetation.
Non-recyclables should be disposed of as a hazardous
Keeping lawns and gardens looking good isn't always
good for our environment. Sprinkler runoff carries pesticides
and fertilizers into the storm drain system. Leaves,
grass clippings and yard waste get swept or blown into
the street, clogging catch basins and polluting waterways.
Following a few green tips is all it takes to prevent
Pesticides and fertilizers:
using, read product labels and follow the directions.
non-toxic alternatives to traditional pesticides and
apply pesticides or fertilizers before rain or near
storm drains, channels, creeks or other water bodies.
not over apply pesticides and fertilizers. Spot apply,
rather than blanketing an entire area.
pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals in a covered
area to prevent runoff.
unwanted pesticides and fertilizers to a household
hazardous waste collection site to be recycled.
Wise water use:
the amount of water and direction of sprinklers, to
avoid waste and runoff. The average lawn requires
an inch of water each week, including rainfall, or
10-20 minutes of watering. A half-inch per week is
enough for fall and spring.
your lawn early in the morning so water has time to
soak into the soil before the heat of the sun causes
evaporation. Sprinklers should be left on long enough
to allow water to soak into the ground but not so
long to cause runoff.
drip irrigation, soaker hoses and micro spray systems,
to better control the amount of water you use.
inspect and fix leaks and misdirected sprinklers.
leaves, grass clippings and other yard waste, instead
of blowing, sweeping or hosing them into the street
grasscycling, letting grass clippings drop on your
lawn, instead of using a grass catcher. The clippings
act as a natural fertilizer, returning nutrients and
organic matter back to the soil, and because grass
is mostly water, it also irrigates your lawn, conserving
water. Reducing the need to water as often or use
toxic fertilizers means less contaminated runoff from
Taking care of our cars takes a toll on our environment.
Motor oil, filters, anti-freeze, and other toxic fluids
from our cars leak, spill or are dumped into the street,
flowing untreated through the storm drain system to
our channels, creeks, bays and oceans. Following a few
environmentally-friendly tips is all it takes to prevent
your oil and oil filter:
your oil changed by a professional. If you do it yourself,
recycle your used oil and oil filter at a certified
collection center or household hazardous waste site.
recycled motor oil for your car. Concerned about quality
or performance? Mercedes Benz, known for its standards
of quality and engineering, uses recycled motor oil
in all their new vehicles.
Clean up leaks and spills with an absorbent material
such as kitty litter.
made from the chemical ethylene glycol, is extremely
toxic. Drain your radiator into a drip pan to avoid
spills, and take the old antifreeze in a sealed container
to a household hazardous waste collection site.
a less toxic alternative. Antifreeze made from propylene
glycol, manufacturers claim, has a lower freezing
point, a higher boiling point and lasts longer.
your vehicle at a washing facility that reclaims wash
water, preventing oil, grease and toxic fluids from
washing into the street and the storm drain system.
only soaps, cleaners and detergents labeled phosphate
free or biodegradable. The safest products for the
environment are vegetable based or citrus based soaps.
a site where the wash water can soak into grass, gravel
or be diverted to nearby landscaping.
Detailing and the Water Quality Act
During rainfall, pet and other animal waste left on
lawns, beaches, trails and sidewalks can wash into storm
drains. These wastes flow untreated into our creeks,
bays and the ocean. Follow these easy steps to be a
responsible pet owner and help prevent pollution.
up after your pet
Nearly one-third of Orange County residents own a
dog, and a lot of dog waste gets left on sidewalks
and streets. More than just a nuisance, it gets into
storm drains, polluting our creeks, channels, bays
and the beach. But preventing this pollution is as
easy as 1-2-3:
Clean it up
Dispose of it properly, in the toilet or trash
If possible, bathe your
pets indoors, using less toxic shampoos, or have your
pet professionally groomed. Pet shampoos and soaps,
even those that are biodegradable, can be toxic to
people and marine life.
Consider using alternatives such as oral or topical
flea control products. If you use flea control products
such as shampoos, sprays or collars, make sure to
dispose of unused quantities properly.
and livestock activities
When conducting horse and livestock activities such
as building a corral, feeding livestock or cleaning
and grooming horses, follow these simple tips to prevent
discharges from entering storm drains.
barns, corrals and other high-use areas on the
portions of the property that drain away from
the nearest creek or storm drain.
animal access to creeks and streams, preferably
manure storage facilities from rainfall and surface
gutters that will divert runoff away from livestock
animals in properly fenced areas, except during
exercise and grazing.
areas should be swept or shoveled at least once
a day, and not hosed down to a stream or storm
During heavy rainfall, consider indoor feeding,
a practice which keeps more manure under a roof
and away from runoff.
Store animal waste in a sturdy, seepage-free unit.in
waste pits or trenches with an impermeable layer.
Compost soiled bedding and manure. Give away composted
material to local greenhouses, nurseries and botanical
parks. Transport manure to topsoil companies or
Use less toxic alternatives such as bacterial
insecticides, diatomaceous earth insecticidal
soaps, boric acid powder, horticultural oils and
pyrethrin-based insecticides. When washing livestock,
allow washwater to seep into the ground or conduct
in an area that is routed to the sanitary sewer.
more information, click on these links to view
the following brochures, or call
the City of Anaheim Streets & Sanitation (714) 765-6860.
Quality Guidelines for Pet Care Activities
Quality Guidelines for Horse & Livestock Activities